Monday, May 3, 2010

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are serious conditions. They can cause both physical and emotional damage, and even death if left untreated. People suffering from eating disorders usually try to hide the problem, Often until it’s too late. Fortunately, the warning signs are typically easy to spot. Early treatment makes recovery easier. The sooner you suspect something is wrong, confront your friend or loved one. Urge them to get help. Be supportive. You can’t force someone with an eating disorder to change their behavior, but you can be there for them and assist them in seeking help.

The most common eating disorders are:

* Anorexia – Anorexics starve themselves out of an intense fear of becoming fat. Despite being underweight or even emaciated, they never believe they’re thin enough.

* Bulimia – Bulimia involves a destructive cycle of bingeing and purging. Bulimics take drastic steps to purge themselves of extra calories, including vomiting, exercising or take laxatives.

* Binge Eating Disorder – People with binge eating disorder compulsively overeat. They are unable to control their behavior or stop eating even when they feel full.

Common eating disorder warning signs

* Preoccupation with body or weight

* Obsession with calories, food, or nutrition

* Constant dieting, even when thin

* Rapid, unexplained weight loss or weight gain

* Taking laxatives or diet pills

* Compulsive exercising

* Making excuses to get out of eating

* Avoiding social situations that involve food

* Going to the bathroom right after meals

* Eating alone, at night, or in secret

* Hoarding high-calorie food

If you notice the warning signs of an eating disorder in a friend or family member, or if you know you have an eating disorder and you know you have a problem, don’t wait another minute. Call now. A trained counselor will connect you with a facility that can help you overcome your eating disorder and get your life back.

(Article: Luxury Drug Rehab)

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